The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England : A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

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Discover an original, entertaining and illuminating guide to a completely different world: England in the Middle Ages.

Imagine you could travel back to the fourteenth century. What would you see, and hear, and smell? Where would you stay? What are you going to eat? And how are you going to test to see if you are going down with the plague?

In The Time Traveller's Guide Ian Mortimer's radical new approach turns our entire understanding of history upside down. History is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived, whether that's the life of a peasant or a lord. The result is perhaps the most astonishing history book you are ever likely to read; as revolutionary as it is informative, as entertaining as it is startling.

'Ian Mortimer is the most remarkable medieval historian of our time' The Times

'After The Canterbury Tales this has to be the most entertaining book ever written about the middle ages' Guardian
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 268g
  • Vintage
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • col. Illustrations, col. maps
  • 9781845950996
  • 2,756

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Superbly lively and filled with telling anecdote.
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Superbly lively and filled with telling anecdote. * The Big Issue in the North * Amazing * Alison Weir * He has a novelist's eye for detail, and his portrait of an England in which sheep are the size of dogs, 30-year-old women are regarded as so much "winter forage", and green vegetables widely held to be poisonous has something of the hallucinatory quality of science-fiction * Daily Telegraph * [Mortimer] sets out to re-enchant the 14th Century, taking us by the hand through a landscape furnished with jousting knights, revolting peasants and beautiful ladies in wimples. It is Monty Python and the Holy Grail with footnotes, and, my goodness it is fun... The result of this careful blend of scholarship and fancy is a jaunty journey through the 14th Century, one that wriggles with the stuff of everyday life * Guardian * This is not only an unusual book, but a thoroughly engaging one * Literary Review *
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About Ian Mortimer

Dr Ian Mortimer is the Sunday Times-bestselling author of the Time Traveller's Guides to Medieval England, Elizabethan England, Restoration Britain and Regency Britain, as well as four critically acclaimed medieval biographies. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1998. His work on the social history of medicine won the Alexander Prize in 2004 and was published by the Royal Historical Society in 2009. He lives with his wife and three children in Moretonhampstead, on the edge of Dartmoor.
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What a little gem this book was! Full of information about the 14th Century and what you would expect if you went time travelling! It gives information on buildings, food, clothes, the law and the dreaded Plague that was rife at the time. It is told in an easy to read, lighthearted style and gives you just a taste of what it would have been like to live then. I would really like to find out more now!show more
by Penny Cunningham
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